After you have located an information source you need to discern whether it is of suitable academic quality for your use.
There is no definitive way to calculate the quality of an information source. However, there are certain indicators that, in combination, can help you determine if the source you are considering is reputable. Using these in conjunction will enable you to form a rounded opinion on the quality of most information sources.
Most law journals are peer reviewed, which means they are reviewed by other academics and legal practitioners prior to publication. You can check whether an article is peer reviewed by looking it up in Ulrichsweb. Ulrichsweb isn't like most databases - instead of collecting articles, Ulrichsweb is a specialised database that collects information about journals.
Ulrichsweb can be found by clicking on the database listings under the letter U on the Library's A-Z Databases page.
Articles published in peer-reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. An editor and one or more subject specialists review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is intended to ensure that the article is accurate, well-researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in the field.
The subject area of a journal is important because it will impact the way someone writes about an issue.
To check if an article comes from a peer reviewed journal:
If you searched by journal title, you may get more than one result for the same journal. This sometimes indicates that there is both a hard copy and an electronic copy of this journal.
If you are unsure, you can always go back to the article record from your original search and get the journal's ISSN number from there. The ISSN is a unique number that is delegated to each journal.
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